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OpenBeam aligned community projects

 The following are projects that OpenBeam is either interested in (and therefore logging and following their progress) or to whose progress we have made some amount of contributions:

Project Phase Definitions

The following defines the various project phases:

  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.

Archive/Concept Phase

Planning Phase

Development Phase

Available Phase

Description: Previous Census efforts have identified “hard to count” communities, including Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals, immigrants and refugees, and children under the age of 4. Given what we know about our API communities statewide, our Council believes that a complete count committee dedicated specifically to our community is in the interest of the state of Minnesota. Therefore, we invite you to join the API Complete Count Committee (CCC), to ensure that all API Minnesotans participate fully in the 2020 Census.
Impacting : Diversity and Inclusion ; Governance/Public Policy ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement
Led by : Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM)


Creating a 21st Century Community Space

Description: A Place for All. Third Sector's shared space concept would provide a common entry point to community resources through its "front door" concept. Seeking 40,000 - 50,000 sf of public space for 3 core uses.  Community Cultural Center providing interactive gathering spaces for civic engagement, education, celebration.  Community Front Door offering a centralized entry point for individuals seeking access to community resources and activities.  Nonprofit COOP functions as the enterprise, funding general operations for the entire facility while creating operational efficiencies for NPOs.
Impacting : Arts & Culture ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Education ; Food ; OpenBeam
Led by : Diversity Council, Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium, CMRC


Global Economic and Cultural Exchange (ECCEX)

Description: Many Rochester groups have individual efforts to increase cultural and trade relationship with emerging global markets. These efforts can be made more effective if coordinated and they receive a local leadership sponsorship from local governments and business leaders. Rochester-MN with its DMC initiative is in a unique position to play a brokering role.
Impacting : Best Practice ; Economic Development ; Entrepreneurship ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement
Led by : OpenBeam.net


Maintain and Evolve the 2016 Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points (Community Dashboard)

Description: The 2016 Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points report has been available since Oct. 2016. The new project is to look at ways to maintain and sustain the dashboard. Working with Minnesota Compass to implement a social indicators dashboard that measures progress in Olmsted County. Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others.
Impacting : Metrics ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement
Led by : openBEAM.net


Pathways to Equity

Description: Pathways to Equity works with marginalized populations to build integrated navigation solutions at the community level. It establishes, compensates, trains, and nurtures liaisons and navigators within ethnic populations who are charged with forming enduring relationships with and increasing cultural understanding among service providers, civic structures, and businesses.
Impacting : Civic Engagement ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Entrepreneurship ; OpenBeam
Led by : Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC) / Diversity Council


Tech Solutions to confront global pandemic threats

Description: An OpenBeam concept to offer technology enablement to propose and support a multi-phase effort to make fundamental lifestyle change to transform the community ecosystem to be more resilient in the new reality of a global pandemic environment that is expected to be us with for many years to come.
Impacting : Diversity and Inclusion ; Health ; OpenBeam ; Pandemic ; PPE ; Technology Enablement
Led by : openBEAM.net


Virtual Financial Support for Nonprofit
Description: Small nonprofits typically rely on nonprofit principals or volunteers to do their books, make payrolls, invoices and make payments. They use Quickbook but do not always have the skill or knowledge to be efficient in their accounting systems. OpenBeam is piloting migrating local Quickbook installation the cloud to make time-sheet processing, book-keeping and financial reporting to be done remotely and securely.
Impacting : Best Practice ; Business Process ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement
Led by : openBEAM.net


Description: Interlocking between DMC, Olmsted County and Rochester City and Community organizations to ensure social impacts are factored into DMC project evaluation process and City Comprehensive Plan (P2S).
Major Impact : Vision/Identity
Misc Impact(s): Aging ; Best Practice ; Business Process ; Civic Engagement ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Governance/Public Policy ; Health ; Housing ; Mental Health ; OpenBeam ; Sustainability ; Technology Enablement ; Transportation ; Workforce Development
Led by : DMC EDA


Description: Increase access to and effective use of technological devices and programs among communities experiencing barriers in the Rochester area. To do this, we will generate immediate and longer-term solutions related to the following barriers to access: 1) technological devices/hardware with appropriate software installed (computers and tablets); 2) affordable, reliable internet; and 3) culturally appropriate education to support digital literacy.
Major Impact : Technology Enablement
Misc Impact(s): Children & Youth ; Computer Literacy ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Education ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement
Led by : Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium


Description: Public realm along the 2nd Avenue corridor from 2nd Street to 6th Street (Soldiers Field.)
Major Impact : Public Realm
Misc Impact(s): Best Practice ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Recreation & Open Space ; Technology Enablement
Led by : DMC EDA


Description: A three-phase solution to empower underserved entrepreneurs and to reduce the isolation and stressors of entrepreneurship through the creation of an Ecosystem Navigator Program. Navigators will serve as personal guides, meeting one-on-one with entrepreneurs to better understand their personal and professional needs as well as work to connect each entrepreneur with the appropriate events, services, and people they need to help individual entrepreneurs overcome their unique barriers to success.
Major Impact : Entrepreneurship
Misc Impact(s): Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development ; Entrepreneurship ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement ; Workforce Development
Led by : Collider Foundation


Description: Every child and young adult succeeds cradle to career, through shared purpose, alignment and accountability among community partners This is the purpose of the Cradle to Career initiative in Rochester, Minnesota. Education is a powerful strategy to improve educational outcomes resulting in healthy individuals, families and community who have economic stability with productive careers and contribute positively to a civic and equitable society.
Major Impact : Education
Misc Impact(s): Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Education ; OpenBeam ; Pandemic ; Technology Enablement ; Workforce Development
Led by : United Way of Olmsted County and Rotary Clubs of Rochester


Description: Local nonprofits are working collaboratively to develop shared services to increase operational efficiencies. The top priorities identified by the community are health insurance, IT tech support, and joint purchasing.
Major Impact : Best Practice
Misc Impact(s): Business Process ; OpenBeam ; Pandemic ; Technology Enablement
Led by : Family Service Rochester, Diversity Council, IMAA


Description: Exploring the building out of Open Beam as a "For-Purpose" entity to support community initiatives. Many social/economical development initiatives suffer from vertical organizational structures that have their origin in the industrial age of emphasizing command and control. Vertical structures are silo in nature and do not facilitate cross structural information sharing and individual accountability. They inadvertently create distrust and thwart innovation. This project builds out the Open Beam entity to demonstrate how a “For-Purpose” dynamic organization works. The result is that Open Beam’s way of doing work becomes a proof point that we should let go of the traditional organizational model and adopt a holacratic framework to mobilize team effort. In so doing, Open Beam will help area non-profit or small organizations become more effective in their governance and their use of cloud technologies.
Major Impact : OpenBeam
Misc Impact(s): Best Practice ; Business Process ; Entrepreneurship ; OpenBeam ; Pandemic ; Technology Enablement
Led by : openBeam.net


Description: MS SharePoint and Office 365 have been adopted and installed by many area non-profits, which is a good step toward cloud-based collaboration so that information and document sharing can take place outside the office. However, much of the power of SharePoint is not known to these organizations, such as how it can be used to build intranet/extranet websites and workflow applications that manage essential operations such as contact (Client/Donor) management. This project will lead to: (1) Getting small non-profits to better use SharePoint and (2) Build simple CRM (or other apps) to demonstrate the quick app development capability of SharePoint.
Major Impact : Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium
Misc Impact(s): Business Process ; Mentoring ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement
Led by : openBeam.net


Description: To further increase participation rates of targeted businesses and workforce on DMC projects, four priorities have been identified that are outlined below. (1) Build capacity of Targeted Businesses located in Southeastern Minnesota (2) Assess gaps with existing subcontractors to determine market opportunity. (3) Recruit women and minorities from workforce to start their own companies. (4) Host workshops to educate entrepreneurs, provide consulting services for WMBVE certification process and assist with bid process to win contracts on DMC projects.
Major Impact : Workforce Development
Misc Impact(s): Best Practice ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development ; Entrepreneurship ; Networking ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement ; Workforce Development
Led by : City of Rochester, MN


Description: The COVID-19 virus has presented Rochester entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits with novel challenges. However, together, we can make a difference. A grassroots initiative, led by individuals at Collider, BrandHoot, and Rochester Rising, is underway to build a free, public mobile application to support Rochester businesses.
Major Impact : COVID-19
Misc Impact(s): Best Practice ; OpenBeam ; Pandemic ; Technology Enablement
Led by : Rochester Rising, Collider, Brandhoot


Description: Many best-practiced communities have implemented community web-based dashboards to provide a "read-out" of the health and wellness metrics of the community. DMCC's website is a push technology and not so much as social, collaborative virtual teaming site. Olmsted County, Mayo, OMG (and others) have just completed a community health study and published a report. We should go further and have a plan to be more agile and responsive in changing statistics by implementing a dashboard.
Major Impact : Best Practice
Misc Impact(s): Best Practice ; Business Process ; Children & Youth ; Education ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement
Led by : openBEAM.net


Description: The Intercultural City Initiative is a bold effort on the part of a wide variety of organizations and individuals to align the collective power, creativity, expertise, and energy of our cities toward a future of inclusive growth. Inspired by the comprehensive and coordinated approach of the Council of Europe Intercultural City program, Minnesota’s Intercultural City Initiative is focused on using high leverage influence strategies to realize this future faster.
Major Impact : Diversity and Inclusion
Misc Impact(s): Best Practice ; Business Process ; Caring Relationship ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Governance/Public Policy ; Mediation ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement ; Vision/Identity
Led by : City of Rochester, MN


Description: Minnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state and its communities. Led by Wilder Research, Minnesota Compass provides nonpartisan, credible information and tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy, workforce, health, housing, and a host of others. Data and analysis on www.mncompass.org gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities.
Major Impact : Business Process
Misc Impact(s): Best Practice ; Business Process ; Consultancy ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development ; Education ; Metrics ; OpenBeam ; Public Safety ; Reading ; Special Needs ; Sustainability ; Technology Enablement
Led by : Wilder Research


Description: Rochester Public Library's website with links to various Olmsted County resources. There is a notion of integrating the various data sources into a single portal.
Major Impact : Best Practice
Misc Impact(s): Networking ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement
Led by : Rochester Public Library


Description: Efficient, cost-effective transportation in SE Minnesota is crucial to its growth. We are building out this portal to demonstrate how technology can beam up (Build Enable Activate Model) transparency, accountability, responsiveness and project/process-centric execution of individual transportation plans, and to point out the need to have a systematic approach involving multiple public, private partnerships (PPP) to harmonize the various efforts.
Major Impact : Metrics
Misc Impact(s): Best Practice ; Business Process ; OpenBeam ; Technology Enablement ; Transportation
Led by : openBEAM.net


Description: The Village - Where We Grow Together! The Village Community Garden & Learning Center is a new community garden opening this 2019 growing season. The focus of this garden is to grow together as a community that comes from many parts of our world, and to learn about each other's traditions in food, arts, and culture. Thank you to Rochester Home Infusion for donating 11 acres for this project, and to our many partners at Diversity Council, Olmsted County, U of M Extension, Rochester Farmers Market, UMR, and RCTC. We are excited to share this new community asset with the city of Rochester and surrounding communities. This season will focus on the establishment of the garden through development of water resources, fencing, funding for event resources, and building our community of gardeners. We look forward to growing together!
Major Impact : Food
Misc Impact(s): Arts & Culture ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Education ; Food ; Health ; Immigration ; OpenBeam
Led by : Diversity Council